Midtown Medical Clinic Receives Pulse Monitors from SMU Nursing Students

Samuel Merritt University

Media Relations Contact:
Elizabeth Valente   510.725.7980
June 15, 2009

Midtown Medical Clinic Receives Pulse Monitors from SMU Nursing Students

(Sacramento, Calif., June 15, 2009) Two Samuel Merritt University (SMU) nursing students in the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program will donate new testing equipment to two Sacramento community healthcare clinics.


FNP students Nikki Love and Rebecca Owen from the Sacramento Regional Learning Center (SRLC), noticed that patient assessments were limited by the absence of a Vascular Doppler System at the Midtown and West Sacramento medical clinics. The testing equipment checks for a patient's blood flow or monitor fetal heart tones.


On June 15, the students will donate two Doppler Systems to the staff at the Midtown Medical Clinic. The new medical devices will benefit low-income and uninsured patients suffering from a variety of problems that affect the brain and nervous system.

"These new upgrades will allow us to offer a higher and more accurate level of testing," explained administrator Elizabeth Cassin. "The new Doppler has an exciting new application – a non-invasive test for Diagnosis of Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO), which is a particular heart defect that can cause stroke."


Love and Owen independently raised, purchased, and engraved the two Doppler's. Through the sale of safety kits, baked goods, and donations, the nursing students raised funds to purchase the two new Doppler Systems estimated at more than $1,500.

"We could not have done it without the support of our fellow students," said Owen. "It's really encouraging and uplifting to know we are working alongside healthcare professionals who have the best interest of the patients. Each one of us wants to make a difference in the community that we live and work in."


The students will present the Doppler Systems to Dr. Victor Kyaw, Midtown Medical Center Medical Director and Dr. George Kempton, West Sacramento Medical Clinic Medical Director on Monday, June 15, at 4:00 p.m.


The presentation will be held at the Midtown Medical Center located on 3701 J Street Suite 201, Sacramento.


Elizabeth Valente, Associate Director of Media Relations, 510.725.7980 cell and evalente@samuelmerritt.edu

Samuel Merritt University, founded in 1909, has been educating health professionals for 100 years. The University offers an undergraduate degree in nursing; master's degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, physician assistant; and doctoral degrees in physical therapy and podiatric medicine. SMU is an accredited, health sciences institution with campuses in Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco, and San Mateo.

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